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House leaders unveil 'fair' redistricting proposal

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - House Democrats have unveiled a legislative redistricting plan that they say is both politically fair and constitutional.

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo released details of the proposal at the Capitol on Friday, days ahead of the start of a special session called by Gov. Steve Beshear to resolve the issue.

The latest proposal potentially pits four Democratic and four Republican incumbents against each other in upcoming elections by redrawing legislative boundaries in a way that puts them in the same House districts.

Redistricting is undertaken every 10 years to account for population changes recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau. Kentucky had major population shifts between 2000 and 2010, requiring reconfiguration of legislative districts in both the House and Senate.

The special session is set to begin Monday.


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